Communion

“I am the bread of life.” John 6:35 (NRSV)

At Southminster we practice an open communion inviting all to the table to taste and see that the Lord is good. This sacrament is celebrated each month by passing the elements down the pews or by inviting worshippers to come up and take the bread and dip it in the cup by the ancient practice of intinction.

The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. In this act, we remember that during his earthly ministry, Jesus shared meals with his followers and sat at dinner tables as a sign of acceptance of the sinner and the outcast.

In the last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples bread and wine, speaking of these elements as his body and blood, symbols of the new relationship with God brought about by his impending death. On the day of his resurrection, the risen Jesus made himself known to his followers in the breaking of bread.